CBS released a statement today saying production of “Two and a Half Men” is over for the year.
And the way things are going, if the show ever comes back, it may have to do so without Charlie Sheen.
Sheen, who has been in private rehab for his sundry addictions, said he’d be ready to come back by next week. But his recent rants against his boss Chuck Lorre and others to media outlets such as TMZ and syndicated radio show “The Alex Jones Show” must have inflamed management to the point they sent out this message:
“Based on the totality of Charlie Sheen’s statements, conduct and condition, CBS and Warner Bros. Television have decided to discontinue production of Two and a Half Men for the remainder of the season,” says producer Warner Bros. Television and the network that broadcasts the program, CBS.
He then told Radaronline.com in a text message that the move to stop production was “crazy” and “sad.”
He is in talks with HBO to do his own show called “Sheen’s Corner” for $5 million an episode. “I’m close to securing a deal with HBO for a 10 show guarantee,” he told RadarOnline.com’s Dylan Howard exclusively.
Hmmm… how does that jibe with his current CBS contract?
“Two and a Half Men,” TV’s most popular sitcom the past four years, stopped production after 16 episodes this season. Eight more had yet to be produced and aired. It’s not clear what CBS will do beyond running reruns in that 9 p.m. Monday slot. (The show still drew 11 million-plus in rerun form this past Monday.)
Sheen told TMZ that his boss Lorre is a “stupid, stupid little man and a p—-y punk that I never want to be like.”
“That’s me being polite,” he added. (He also threw in an anti-Semitic insult for good measure.)
Sheen gets paid a TV high $1.2 million per episode. Besides his well publicized heavy partying with porn stars and models, he is under investigation for attacking his wife and threatening to have her killed.
By Rodney Ho, firstname.lastname@example.org, AJCRadioTV blog